January 2024 Reading Wrap-Up

January 2024 Reading Wrap-Up

I read a total of eight books in January, ranging from 2 to 4.5 stars. Here are my quick-fire reviews of each book in the order I read them. You can buy any of the books I read this month here. Happy reading ✨

 

The school reunion by shalini boland book cover

The School Reunion by Shalini Boland
⭐⭐ - Told from dual POV and follows Chloe who’s dreading a class get together 15 years later, But this night is about to get a whole lot worse. It also follows Dean who’s a single dad looking for revenge.

This was so bad it’s funny. This storyline was pretty weak, and wasn’t that gripping… I did read it in a couple of days but purely on its 220 page length and simple writing. I found myself skimming a lot. The second star was given for the final twist, I actually didn’t predict that… but it did end very abruptly!

Every single character was awful and acted like that actually were still in high school (if not younger, genuinely). There is no way you would act like this in your 30s get a grip. And Chloe’s mum?

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The chalk man by CJ Tudor

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 
⭐.5 - Told in multiple timelines of Eddies POV, firstly in 1986 when he’s a child and his friends draw stickmen as a signal to meet up and now in 2016 he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure

Hmmm, this was ok. It was quite slow and there were quite a lot of characters to keep up with. I definitely found myself confused in some parts and it wasn’t as creepy as anticipated. But it wasn’t a bad read - just nothing mind blowing.

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First lie wins by ashley elston

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston
 - Evie Porter takes undercover jobs from her boss Mr Smith. But with this job The stakes couldn't be higher—but then, Evie has always liked a challenge…


This was not the one for me. The opening was very interesting and all the marketing surrounding it made it feel like a no brainier to read but then after that it just lost me. I like the ending, but aside from that I can’t really think of anything else I like about this one.

It was very confusing, felt very jumpy and I wasn’t a fan of any character really. There was also no really mystery in terms of what the book was working towards therefore I wouldn’t really call it a thriller.

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Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben 
⭐⭐⭐ - Maya’s husband Joe is unalived right infront of her. Then How do you explain it when he appears on your nanny cam, alive and well.

This story is literally everywhere at the moment, so I had to break my January TBR and pick it up.

Having just been released a Netflix series I had super high hopes and don’t get me wrong, it was well written and I did enjoy it, but it was nothing WOW, and it did drag a bit in the middle (probably could have been 50 pages shorter).

I think this is one of the only times I have preferred the show over the book

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The Naturals by jennifer lynn barnes

The Natural by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
⭐⭐⭐.5 - Cassie is a natural people person, then one day the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need her.

This was very captivating, literally read it in less than a day. Super easy book to read as well. Reads similarly to The Inhertiance Games but I much prefer the plot of this.

If you’re looking for something light to read that isn’t romance this should be your go to! I’ll definitely continue the series ⭐️

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Then She Was Gone book

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
⭐⭐ - This book follows Laurel who’s teenage daughter Ellie went missing 10 years ago. After she meets her new partners daughter, who looks strangely similar to Ellie at that age, Laurel starts questioning everything all over again.

What I love most about Lisa Jewell’s work is that you can tell it’s a Lisa Jewell story a mile a way. Her books are incredibly believable in the sense that the character feel so real.

I read this book in 24h I was just so intruiged where it was going. I did find it slightly predictable in the overall story arc sense which would normally lead me to rate a book significantly lower. But due to the way this just took a hold of me it deserves at least a 4⭐️

If you want a powerful and moving thriller, that doesn’t feel like it’s just been thrown together, this is the one for you


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The lies I tell book

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark
⭐⭐⭐ - Told in dual POV from Meg who’s a woman righting men who have wronged her and other women, and Kat who’s a journalist. But who is really the most morally grey?

Brilliant book I really enjoyed! Super easy read.

This was gripping from the start and definitely didn’t disappoint, I really believed in these characters, especially Meg (big Lana Myers vibes). Only thing that this was missing was more of a plot twist, I think this falls close to the border of psychological suspense.

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Local Woman Missing book

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
⭐⭐.5 - Follows the story of two women and a young girl who went missing from an affluent neighbourhood 11 years ago. In the present, a teenage girl who has been held captive escapes. 

Wow I loved this! How has it taken me this long to pick it up? 

So don’t get me wrong, it was a bit slow to start, it wasn’t until the halfway mark I felt invested in the story and the characters, and then out of nowhere 🤯 twists left right and centre!

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